Archive for February 28th, 2012

Nudging to prevent food wastages….

February 28, 2012

I posted about how Indian government is trying to sensitize children towards wasting food.

Now it takes a step further. It had earlier also specified that people waste too much food at weddings and social functions. This needs to be curbed. They have done a study along with Centre for Consumer Studies at Indian Institute of Public Administration (not yet public) on the initiative.

BS covered the results in this press release.

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How Indian economy spillovers to South Asia…

February 28, 2012

A nice paper from Ding Ding and Iyabo Masha.

It seems India’s reforms and high growth have led to rise in spillover to South Asian economy as well.  So from 1995 onwards if India grows by 1%, it has a +ve spillover effect to South Asia of 0.37%.

Some history and basics:

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Does it make sense to diversify your asset portfolio internationally?

February 28, 2012

Financial economists say one of  the golden rules for building a sound portfolio is to diversify your holdings. So one could  diversify portfolio across asset classes (bonds vs equities), across similar assets (within equities different companies in different sectors) and regionally (domestic vs international).

The recent crisis has poked a lot of holes in economic theory. If not holes then has certainly questioned many things in the crisis.

Karen Lewis a fellow at Dallas Fed says US investors need to rethink on global diversification of portfolio. The main idea behind global diversity is shares of foreign companies will move differently from US companies. So if US companies do badly, international companies can save the portfolio and vice-versa. This helps lower volatility of portfolio as well.

However, Lewis points the diversity not helping after 2001:

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